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simplicity 1507: 40s-inspired tennis whites

The Facts:

Fabric: cotton eyelet from paron’s, underlined with cotton organdy from Mood
Pattern: Simplicity 1507 (previously made here)
Year: 1940s
Notions: zipper
Time to Complete: longer than it should have
First Worn: august 8, 2012
Wear Again: yes
Total Price: ~$60
Challenge Theme:  “olympics”

earlier this year, as i was gearing up for my favorite live sporting event–wimbledon–patternvault provided us with an amazing post discussing the history of tennis fashions along with several examples of gorgeous vintage tennis dress patterns.

i seethed with envy, because i had not thought of this first.  in fact, it had not occurred to me to make a dress inspired by the sport i most enjoy watching (i suck at playing, but i can watch with the best of them), and the drool threatened to overwhelm and short-circuit my keyboard.  luckily for me, i had a second chance (much like andy murray and his championship on centre court!) to rectify this wrong with the “olympics” challenge on the sew weekly.  full post at puu’s door of time.

 

 

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Tamara August 9, 2012, 8:09 am

    Too cute!

  • LittleBlackCar August 9, 2012, 8:24 am

    FYI: 1507 is probably from 1956.

    Very cute!

    • puu August 9, 2012, 9:07 am

      no, but i love my 40s fantasy! 🙂 of course i know you are probably correct, because even by the late 40s they still wouldn’t have been wasting fabric on pleats like that.

  • Katherine August 9, 2012, 8:26 am

    This is about as cute as it gets. More people should be using white eyelet – it’s just lovely.

  • Evie August 9, 2012, 10:33 am

    I love the fit of the bodice on this. Great fabric choice!

  • Isis August 9, 2012, 11:56 pm

    That’s a really pretty dress. You look lovely!

  • Lizzy August 10, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Very cute dress!!! love the fabric and it looks kind of modern because you did it shorter, I like it!

  • Becky Culbertson August 11, 2012, 7:57 am

    Adorable. Simply adorable.

  • EmSewCrazy August 13, 2012, 12:51 pm

    LOVE THIS!!! So beautiful!

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